The Shadowhunter Chronicles by Cassandra Clare – Cover Change Corner

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare
US Hardcover (2007-2014) vs US Paperback (2015)

The first book in The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare, City of Bones, was published in March of 2007 with, well, not my favorite cover. Let’s face it, a shirtless guy standing behind the NYC skyline isn’t exactly a book cover I would feel proud showing off. Cassandra Clare announced they would be changing the covers in 2015. She said it was “time for a change” but it could also be linked to the release of the TV inspired by the books called Shadowhunters. I really like how each book focused on a different character, and none of the poses felt cringey! 

The Infernal Devices Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
US Hardcover (2010-2013) vs US Paperback (2015)

The Infernal Devices also got the cover change treatment in 2015, supposedly for the same reasons. In this case, I don’t really care either way about the cover change. I liked the original, and I like the new version. I do prefer seeing Tessa with a book in the original set, but I love the picture of Jem with his violin in the newer version. I don’t know, they’re both pretty nice to me.

Do you like this cover change? Have you read either of these series?
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Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco- Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 4.6/5
Review in a Nutshell: Stalking Jack the Ripper is an atmospheric mystery full of gruesome murders and fascinating characters.

“Fear is a hungry beast. The more you feed it, the more it grows.” 

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Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Review

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Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Lady Midnight is a fantastic read that will hold you hostage until you finish.

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.” 

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Review: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Overall: 4/5 Stars
Characters: 3/5
Setting: 4/5
Writing: 4/5
Plot and Themes: 4.5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 3/5
Review in a Nutshell: Dumplin’ is a good book with an important message, but it lacked in the areas that first grabbed my attention. 

“Perfection is nothing more than a phantom shadow we’re all chasing”

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Review: Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Overall: 5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: Clockwork Angel is a fantastic introduction to a trilogy that will take over your life.

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.” 

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My November 2018 Wrap Up

I read 10 books this month, and it was definitely a struggle to keep my reading speed while doing NaNoWriMo. I’m just glad I managed to reach 10 with the help of a few novellas. Plus, now I’ve written my own book. That should count for something!

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The End of a Journey & What Comes Next – NaNoWriMo 2018, Week 4

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I hit 50,000 words of my manuscript on November 25th, 2018.

I finished my novel, with 56,847 words written during NaNoWriMo, and 93,086 words total, on November 29th, 2018.

I kept putting off writing the last scene. I would purposefully extend scenes, or conveniently stop writing just before I would need to work on that dreaded scene.

Finishing a book is bittersweet. I want to celebrate all of the work I’ve put in, but at the same time, I’m so sad that this drafting journey is over. I’ve loved creating this world and these characters, and I’m not ready to say goodbye.

I know it technically isn’t goodbye. This book needs a lot of revisions. But it’s goodbye for now, while I prepare to edit. And it’s goodbye to pulling story threads from the air and weaving them together. All that’s left to do is attack them with scissors and tape.

When you finish your first draft, there is still a lot of work to do. For me, it’s the hardest work. Revising.

I have absolutely no self esteem, and looking back at my writing only creates more doubts and insecurities. That said, I’ve made a schedule to revise my novel.

Everyone says you need to take a break between drafts. I’m really bad at this. If I take a break, I’ll never go back to it. Because of that, I’ve had to create my schedule in a way that will work with me.

My Plan:

Nov. 30th – Finish My First Draft (Check!)
Dec. 14 – Dec. 28– First Reading (During this time, I will be doing simple line edits and a read through to check the flow. Any major issues I notice will be noted for later)
Dec. 28 – Jan. 11 – Send It Out (I have a couple of critique partners lined up who want to take a look at my rough rough draft.)
Jan. 11 – ??? – Major Overhaul. (Take a look at all of the critiques and implement the changes necessary).

That’s all I have currently planned, but I know that I’ll need to repeat this process a couple of times before I have a product I’m proud of.

Books are a lot of work, but it’s worth it to see what they turn into.


Did you win NaNoWriMo this year? Are you planning on revising your manuscript?

Also, should I continue to make posts about my revision process and how it’s going?

Check out my latest NaNoWriMo post here:
Pushing Through and Finishing Your Draft – NaNoWriMo 2018, Week 3

December 2018 TBR

I completed half of my TBR last month, including a book that was around 1000 pages, so I feel pretty okay about it. This month, I have more books on my TBR, but I’m dying to read every single one of them  

Say how many books you chose this month and if you hope to read them. Be honest, but not too honest.

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Top 5 Most Anticipated December Releases

December can be a slow month in the publishing world but there are some releases that I’m dying to get my hands on! Two in particular that make me wish I could fast forward time and start reading.

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Review – The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Overall: 4.5/5 Stars
Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Writing: 5/5
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Star-Touched Queen is a beautifully written slow-burn novel that will enchant you.

“I know your soul. Everything else is just an ornament.” 

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